Bombing Syria: a myth, and four conditions to be satisfied before we bomb
This is not a blog post but just an email about a new blog post on Ephems, at http://www.barder.com/4500, “Bombing Syria: a myth, and four conditions to be satisfied before we bomb“.
The myth, almost universally believed or at any rate asserted as true, is that parliament voted two years ago against UK participation in the bombing of Syria. It did not. (Please see the blog post for what parliament did vote against.) The four conditions which I recommend that parliament should now impose on its approval for UK bombing of ISIS in Syria include legality – which means either explicit approval for the action by the UN Security Council, or else a request for military support from Syria’s President Assad, neither of which seems easy or likely. To see the other three proposed conditions, or to comment on any of them, please visit http://www.barder.com/4500 or read my letter in the Guardian of 23 July 2015 (reproduced on the Guardian‘s website here).
Best wishes from another cool, grey, not very summery day in London
23 July 2015